June 18, 2020
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Here’s a list of Juneteenth live-stream events across the country

Juneteenth honors the emancipation of enslaved people on the United States. Watch one of these Juneteenth events—from lectures to concerts—to celebrate and reflect on this momentous day.

Watch a Juneteenth live-stream of celebrations across the country. Photo By Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images

On June 19, 1865, more than two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the Union Army finally reached the southern shores of Texas to announce that enslaved people had been set free. The date came to be known as Jubilee Day or Liberation Day in Texas, and the state was the first to make it an official holiday in 1980. Across the state, communities observe Juneteenth through parades, festivals, and pageants. It’s a day of celebration.

Even though most states recognize the holiday, it has yet to become an official federal holiday. But this year, a number of the country’s most influential companies have designated Juneteenth as an annual paid holiday, including Allstate.

We hope you have a moment to honor and reflect on this occasion with family and friends. We’ve rounded up several live stream events, from lectures to concerts, so you can celebrate from your own home.

All times listed are EDT.

Events on Friday, June 19:

Juneteenth: A Celebration Of Resilience, all day Friday and Saturday. Hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, this event brings the museum to you at home, with presentations, stories, photographs, and recipes from the Sweet Home Café. More information is on the museum’s website here.

Juneteenth 2020: Justice, Freedom, Democracy, noon. Six museums that honor and celebrate African American history and culture join forces to commemorate the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth. Go to blkfreedom.org to watch a live-stream and for resources and activities for the whole family.

How to Build an Anti-Racist Movement, 2 p.m. The Boston Globe hosts a conversation between author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and the newspaper’s editorial page editor and author Bina Venkataraman. Sign up here.

Common Ground Conversations on Race in America, 6 p.m. Emily and Mike Green, authors of How to Talk to Kids About Riots in America, will host an interactive event for the whole family that explores Juneteenth. Register here.

St. Louis’ Juneteenth Jam, 6:30 p.m. Live-streamed from Shock City Studios, this concert will feature a variety of musical artists and will benefit Queer and Trans People of Color: STL. Register here.

Fort Worth Juneteenth Music Festival, 7 p.m. This two-day concert features Zydeco and Blues performances with Fat Daddy, Holland K. Smith, Sheran Keyton, the Sherna Armstrong Band, and Kenya C. Register for tickets here.

Caffe Lena and MLK Saratoga Present Juneteenth Legacy, 7 p.m. This live-stream program features theatric performances by Archie, D. Colin, Tim Martin, Aaron Moore, Siobhan Shea and Julian Tushabe. The event is a production of Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York, Creative Action Unlimited, and Soul Session Edu-tainment. Watch it live on YouTube here.

Juneteenth: Day of Remembrance, 8 p.m. A capella group Sweet Honey in the Rock will be live streaming discussions and performances from Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Theatre. Register here.

Events on Saturday, June 20:

Portland, Oregon’s annual Juneteenth celebration, 4 p.m. The event will feature musical artists Saeeda Wright and Alonzo Chadwick and can be livestreamed on Facebook and on Instagram.